By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia
A new food processing plant is coming to Hart County and bringing 120 jobs with it.
The Hart County Industrial Building Authority announced this week that Lake Foods, a newly established food processor, is opening its first location in mid-February in Hart County.
Hart County Industrial Building Authority Executive Director Dwayne Dye said this is a new company, which plans to set up shop in an existing 62,000-square-foot facility in Hart County’s Industrial Park.
“It is a USDA-certified building,” said Hart County Industrial Building Authority Executive Director Dwayne Dye. “It was built for the purpose of processing agricultural products.”
Holly Borrow, Chief Marketing Officer for Lake Foods said the property in Hartwell is ideal for food processing and provides an opportunity for growth over the next several years.
Lake Foods will begin operations in mid-February by employing 28 skilled individuals working on one shift, five days a week.
The company plans on expanding into two shifts and they plan to eventually hire up to 120 employees.
“The majority of those will be hired 2014,” Dye said. “I think out of the 120, they plan to add 28 almost immediately and they’ll have at least 80 of those hired by the end of the year or the end of the third quarter. So, I think it’s a good opportunity for our citizens.”
Hart County Commission Chair Joey Dorsey agrees and said it’s another economic win for Hart County.
“The Hart County Board of Commissioners welcomes Lake Foods to our community,” Dorsey said. ”Agriculture is a significant component of Hart County’s economy and we are eager to help Lake Foods aggressively grow its business and workforce in our area.”
Lake Foods is a privately owned company, with the long term ambition of becoming a large, nationally recognized preferred supplier.